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What Does the Bus Company of the Future Look Like?

Bus travel is one of the most cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and safest ways to travel.

But you already knew that. 

Those three facts are one of the key drivers and value propositions that you explain to your customers every day.

While many futurists are describing "the what," that is, predicting buses will be exclusively electric or driverless at some point in the future, not a lot of folks are focusing on "the how." 

We won't wake up one day surprised to find ourselves driving an electric vehicle fleet or managing an automated fleet. No, there's a lot of changes to be made, especially on the operations front.

That's where you come in. We know the passenger transportation industry is slow to change. We know that by and large that's a good thing - the people-focused and people-driven nature of the industry is part of why it's so strong.

We also know the industry isn't threatened by Uber-ization, as we talked about here

Electric Passenger Vehicles are incoming, but not as cost-effective as most companies can justify for the time being. A combination of increases in battery efficiency and federal tax credit funds seen alongside decreases in operating costs has to happen before widespread adoption. 

Once EV Buses are part of every fleet, the startup and operating costs will have fallen well below the costs associated with maintaining traditionally-fueled vehicles.

Not only that, the speed of charging the vehicles and the mileage obtained from a full charge will have to increase dramatically to convince the rational fleet owner (that's you!) to upgrade the entire fleet. 

This may be a slow process, and that's okay! A lot of fleets are just now switching to cheaper and more efficient diesel-powered vehicles. 

Green power is coming and in some cases, it's already here, but there are many, small operational adjustments that will take place on the way to the future bus company talked about in electric and driverless terms.

When the breakeven point arrives, you'll take action.

Until then...

What are some things we should expect to change over the next few years?

How can we prepare for the future while getting the most out of our investments today? 

For one, adopting new, strategic methods that improve mobility and efficiency in operations and fleet management. 

The FMCSA intends for regulations to drive this sort of change. For example, pushing for trucks and Over the Road fleets to use ELDs was implemented with the intention of improving efficiency. Whether it's successful in doing so, only time will tell.

One thing we know for sure:  innovative fleet managers, visionary fleet owners, and motivated drivers will be leading the way forward, not government regulation.

The fact remains, the technology available to fleets, in general, has never been more empowering, but never more confusing to sort through. 

Everyone is promising returns on investment, but do they really break the mold?

Will they work for you?

Big marketing budgets take one-size-fits-all products and sell them to everyone with a wallet. 

You’ve heard it all before.

Every sales pitch. Every marketing scheme. Crafted by people not in the trenches every day like you.

How about a service built by and for the everyday folks running the business?

From the manager to mechanics, it’s all here. Made just for you.

You should be able to feel the organization and freedom to work without the costs and fatigue of dealing with piles of paperwork.

Mobilize your bus fleet now for the future economy ahead.

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We're confident we can get you where you want to go.

Let's build the future together. Today. 

What Types of Fleets Should Use FleetRevolution?

FleetRevolution is leading the way toward more efficient and modern bus fleets by using the latest technology. 

FleetRevolution serves many different types of bus and coach fleets. With the power to transform your fleet into a lean and efficient operation, it easily serves all passenger vehicle-based services like limousines too.

Let's take a look at what types of fleets are getting the most out of FleetRevolution's Operator and DVIR mobile apps. 

 
Photo Credit:  Denisse Leon

Photo Credit:  Denisse Leon

 

1. School Bus Fleets

Specially built and equipped buses for the transport of school children. Often painted "school bus yellow," these fleets are charged with running daily routes to serve school districts in educating our youth.

School bus fleets using FleetRevolution can expect to see huge time savings in routing, scheduling, inspecting, and maintaining their operation. This ensures that the bus is running on time and safely transporting our kids to and from school every day. 

 
Photo Credit:  Mike Kotsch

Photo Credit:  Mike Kotsch

 

2. Charter Bus Fleets

Used typically for medium distance routes. These fleets are designed to take passengers on planned trips, whether for sightseeing or to take them to and from events. Other types of charter bus fleets perform such services as airport shuttling and scheduled service in areas with little to no public transportation options. 

3. Coach Bus Fleets

These are top-of-the-line transportation machines built for comfortably carrying from just a few to many passengers wherever they want to go, in spectacular style. 

Coach Bus Fleets using FleetRevolution can expect to see increased productivity and savings in the booking, scheduling, and trip planning aspects of moving their clients. They can also expect to see automated inspection reporting processes and exceptional logs. 

 
Photo Credit:  Francesco Patrinos

Photo Credit:  Francesco Patrinos

 

4. Shuttle Bus Fleets

Shuttle Buses are charged with safely transporting passengers from places like hotels, conference centers, and more to the airport or other terminals to efficiently move people without congestion and at a low cost. 

Sometimes, these can either be Mini-Buses or Transit Buses used for short exchanges. 

 
Photo Credit:  James Davis

Photo Credit:  James Davis

 

5. Tour Bus Fleets

Tour Bus Fleets are essentially Coach Buses outfitted for the purpose of being chartered by various groups, organizations, church congregations, higher learning institutions, and corporations who want to visit amazing attractions. 

Sightseeing and adventuring can be done painlessly and with air conditioning aboard high-quality Tour Buses. 

 
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6. Transit Bus Fleets

Used primarily for public transport and moving large groups of passengers efficiently along a specified route with scheduled stops. These fleets are vital to the transport of many city dwellers, people that would prefer to save money on gas, and those that can't afford to commute themselves. 

FleetRevolution assists transit fleets by ensuring they're on time and running smoothly because of preventative maintenance. 

 
Photo Credit:  Scott Webb

Photo Credit:  Scott Webb

 

7. Electric Bus Fleets

Hailed for their zero-emission capabilities and decreased maintenance costs, Electric Bus Fleets (sometimes called EV Buses) are proving economically beneficial and increasingly cost-effective. Charge lengths are going up and the technology is making leaps and bounds at an incredible rate. Expect Electric Buses to start popping up more and more over the next several years.

8. Driverless Bus Fleets

Sometimes called Autonomous Vehicles, these buses are being tested by a few companies hoping to automate the public transit system mainly. Still several years from being implemented and even longer before they become feasible in investment cost, driverless buses are an interesting possibility for the future. 

FleetRevolution is focused on maximizing its use and service for human-driven fleets by providing the most advanced mobile platform to complete the associated day-to-day tasks. We'll always be a step ahead in providing scheduling, planning, and logging software so we'll be here working with you every step of the way. 

 
Photo Credit:  Alexandre Crousette

Photo Credit:  Alexandre Crousette

 

9. Mixed Bus Fleets

More common than many realize, mixed-vehicle fleets are able to serve almost every large and small passenger request. A lot of bus companies maintain combinations like a few coach buses, several school buses, some shuttle buses, and even a tour bus! 

By diversifying their assets, these companies provide flexible services to their customers at competitive rates. They also allow their drivers to enjoy different types of trips, from route-based trips to long-distance Over the Road excursions. 

FleetRevolution is leading the way in providing administrative and field service for mixed bus fleets as we've prepared for nearly everything. 

Settings are customized to your exact vehicle specifications from the moment you enter the VIN number.

We've made it easy to distinguish between and provide specialized maintenance for school buses and coach buses alike. 

Bottom line:  if you drive a bus fleet, FleetRevolution will enhance your business. 

Get a free trial with no strings attached. See for yourself the efficiencies and cost-savings that we guarantee.